With the Bank Holiday fast approaching and the temperatures set to be scorchio, it's nice to get your Zen back and recharge your batteries in the beautiful green spaces of London town. Now I have a pooch to entertain it's my favourite thing to do (with a pub stop or two on the way round ofcourse!)
Lots of my jewellery is inspired by nature, I find it a very rich theme to explore and the beautiful organic shapes lend themselves well to being replicated in gold and silver - here are a few of my favourites
So here's where some of that inspiration came from - my 5 top green spaces in London to go for a ramble - go explore and let me know how you get on!
1. Kenwood House Gardens, Highgate
Beautiful any time of the year but particularly pretty early spring as lots of the bushes flower bright fuschia colours, stunning gardens and woods to get lost in, plus a fab tea room with the most delicious ice cream. Take a picnic, sit on the hill and admire the lake.
2. Regent's Canal Walk from Camden to Little Venice
Tranquil and exhilarating is how I'd decribe this walk in the same breath! You walk through the bustling Camden Stables food market (and inhale some amazing food as you're passng through!), then walk along the canal to Little Venice, you'll see some great street art, plus hear and see tropical birds of London Zoo, then onto picturesque Little Venice and all the unique narrow boats and floral wonder along the way. This walk never disappoints.
3. Hill Garden & Pergola, Hampstead.
Just off from Hampstead Heath, this is such a pretty little park and walk of the beaten track - you can admire the gardens and gawp at the billionaire's houses either side
4. Ladies Pond, Hampstead
Secluded and idyllic, like something from Swallows and Amazons, its a really life affirming experience to go to Hampstead Ladies Pond - no male gaze, just lots of laughter, swimming whilst little moorhens and ducks pass you by - and sunbatheing in a private area round the back of the pond - thoroughly reccomend you get some gal pals together and a bottle of Rose on a summer's day and check this one out.
5. Queen Mary's Rose Garden, Regent's Park
We only found this one recently by accident and I've lived in London for 16 years! I'm dying to go back when all the roses are in bloom as it must be spectacular, but it was still lovely when we went in April - a secret little park within Regent's Park. No pooches unfortunately, but the perfect spot for some R&R.
Have a fantastic Bank Holiday weekend! and do tell me if you go to any of my top London spots